A Persian Rug is an oriental rug woven in Persia, which is modern day Iran. This has been the classic country of origin for fine handknotted rugs for many centuries. By law, the dyes used in these rugs cannot be synthetic, but natural only.
A Persian rug will have a more specific name, like Heriz, Sarouk, Kashan, Tabriz, Mahal, Qum, Isphahan, etc., which many suppose is assigned according to design elements or construction details. Actually, these names refer to the city the particular rug was woven in, and though they usually will share construction types with others from the same city, the look of the rugs with the same name can be very different.
A point of pride among Persian weavers is that they consider their product to be a work of art, not a floor covering. Though many rugs will seem very similar, each is a unique piece, and Persians will generally refuse to weave the same exact design twice. Antique Persian rugs are highly sought after, and can bring unbelievable prices from collectors.
I have seen and restored many fine examples of fine Persian rugs from my customers in Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, and Orange Park, as well as Jax. Please contact me if you have any questions on this topic.
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